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♪ >> happy wednesday morning. and welcome back. and for this story maybe we
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should say, she's back. the "she" we're talking about is the mother who appeared on the cover of "time" magazine while breast-feeding her young son. >> yep. she's still breast-feeding him and has been talking to abc's cecilia vega about it. >> reporter: the mother made famous from this photo, now four months after the time cover, of the mom breast-feeding her son, hit newsstands she is speaking out. >> i don't agree with the cover, and i don't agree with the article. >> reporter: and to set the record straight, she's doing it all over again. breast-feeding her son, now 4, on the cover of another magazine. this time, with her entire family by her side. >> our intentions were to try to help relieve the stigma attached to breast-feeding past infancy. and the photo that i saw wasn't one that we were trying to pose for. it made me really, really sad.
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>> reporter: she herself was breast fed until she was 6 years old. in the new photo shoot for the nonprofit magazine "pathways to family wellness" she is seen breast-feeding her son samuel, adopted from africa alongside her biological son. moms are weighing in on blogs all over again. some say the pictures are beautiful. others ask if grum it is simile milking the moment. what would you say to people who say, child protective services should have been called? >> that's just the ignorance of not understanding full term breast-feeding and knowing it is really normal in other cultures, just not normal here. >> reporter: now she hopes the controversy over the cover shot will bring attention to another issue to orphan children in africa. >> if we focus that attention to issues that really do matter like children who don't have food or don't have parents, that's where we're going to see the change. >> cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> why do i think you have something to say, sunny? >> you know, i believe that
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breast fed is the best fed and there are all of these wonderful health benefits. i nursed both of my children. i have a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old. but i do think that when your child has teeth and walks and talks and can walk to you and walks to your breast and says i'm hungry, i think it's time. >> you think it's time to stop. >> yeah. >> two, use with that. some people are more freaked out if you will about the idea that the kid is old. the other people are, the one whose are freaked out, plenty are, are more freaked out about the idea you are putting this on the cover of the magazine. >> actually i'm not offended by that at all. i'm just thinking what are the real benefits of nursing a 6-year-old? i mean -- isn't that what we are talking about? this child is almost 4. >> she said she was nursed until she was 6 years old. >> i don't think there are health benefits. certainly in other cultures. talking perhaps places where
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there is -- there are issues. here, i don't know. if she having those issues? >> it's such a complicated one. i could easily pass my quick judgments. it's kind of a natural thing too. why should you be ashamed? >> it's loaded. loaded. >> i can't. we're going get tons of tweets and e-mails and facebook responses. and i want to hear what you all think. >> bring them on. >> that's interesting. >> a good one. from the bunkers to huxtables and the bar "cheers" you picked the 15 favorite shows. >> next, we'll reveal number one. you are watching "world news now." >> one, two, three. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
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>> hey, paula, happy anniversary. >> rob, i'm a hey, paw paula, happy anniversary. >> rob, i'm a little busy right now. >> talking about the 20th anniversary. >> can't you see i'm busy.
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we have a newscast to do. >> 20 years, live, overnight news, fun, smart, a little attitude. >> you are talking about the 20th anniversary of the "world news now." we should do a promo. >> now you're seeing the picture. >> and that's great line to use in the promo. >> we need a promo. >> this is has been the abc's "world news now" 20th anniversary promo. sleep is overrated. ♪ boy the way glenn miller played ♪ songs that made the hit parade ♪ ♪ songs that ma the high note -- ♪ those were the days >> hit the high note -- [ laughter ] >> showing our age, sunny. >> we are the theme from "allen the family" one of the finalists for best tv show of all time, in a survey conducted by abc news and people magazine. >> the results of that survey were unveiled last night on abc, and our sharyn alfonsi tells us more about the finalists.
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♪ >> reporter: there are five favorite tv shows. we noticed something. >> that's why i like soup. >> reporter: each an american family, some traditional. ♪ >> reporter: some unexpected. ♪ some times you want to go where everybody knows your name ♪ >> reporter: families formed in bars and on battlefield. ♪ depicting the korean war m.a.s.h. was on the air 11 years, eight years longer than the actual war. alan alda pushed for more scenes in the operating room. capturing our hearts in the process. that last kiss between hawkeye and hot lips, the longest on-screen tv kiss ever, 35 seconds. and there was this kiss too. >> one, two, three. that moment, improvised by sammy davis jr. and "all in the family"
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originally running a warning before the show saying they're trying to shine the light on our frailties and prejudices doing it with a punch line. some of our tv families almost didn't happen." "seinfeld" pilot a disaster. producers said they needed a girl. so they got one. >> get out! >> reporter: and she changed everything. and so did this funny lady. >> you have to take a whole tablespoonful after every meal. >> reporter: she did it in one take. one take that's kept our families laughing for decades. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> that may be my all-time favorite. >> tasty too. the best scene. >> i also like when she was smushing grapes with her feet. stomping the grapes. >> classic. on assembly line, stuffing chocolate in her mouth. >> yes, and just to make it all official, "i love lewisy" was
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that's right for you. ♪ i'm watching i'm watching ♪ i'm watching i'm watching i'm watching american television ♪ ♪ i'm watching i'm watching i'm watching american television ♪ ♪ i'm watching well, finally this this half hour, an extremely rare sight captured on camera simply by chance, and it comes to us from australia where massive wildfires are burning right now. >> the rare site is basically a tornado of fire. can you imagine? it spins along the ground. sam champion has all the details. >> reporter: this swirling inferno amazingly caught on tape. a stream of 100-foot flames ignites in the outback where
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firefighters have been battling brush fires nearly a week. this region hasn't seen rainfall since the end of april. it all happened monday afternoon when chris tangy was scouting locations, abc news licensed this stunning video from the 52-year-old filmmaker who says he was standing about a thousand feet from all the action. >> i knew within 30 second this was a very unique event, probably globally, making the sound of a jet engine. it was just -- it just didn't even look real. >> reporter: this dust devil with fire occurs when intense, twisting ground-level winds comes in contact with fire, propelling it upward into a column of warm rising air. the phenomenon lasts for just a couple minutes. tangy found himself in the middle of mother nature's fury for an astonishing 40 minutes. >> i have never seen anything so big move so quickly in my life. it was awe-inspiring absolutely, and it's something i never expect to see again. >> i'm horrified just looking at it. can you imagine something like that?
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>> i'm telling you what, man. it's not so much brush there, so i guess he felt safe where he was standing. >> exactly. we're seeing these, not this in particular, seeing the tornados and the hurricanes. >> have you ever been close to a tornado in person? >> i have not. even though i want to school in the midwest. i did see something from afar. it was terrifying then. the noise. >> you know as reporters. i was going to say, every single person says it sounded like a freight train. it really must. they all say the same thing. >> i remember that. that's the news for this half hour. remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and on twitter. use the #wnnfans. coming up -- more news from abc. use the hash tag, wnnfans. coming up -- more news from abc. >> announcer:
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this morning on "world news now" -- back to school. chicago teachers and 350,000 students return to class today. >> but some of the bitter disagreements that led to the strike still linger. it's wednesday, september 19th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm john muller. >> and i'm sunny hostin. paula and rob are on assignment. we'll hear how the standoff in chicago finally ended in just a moment, and also ahead, tracking the leaked romney video and how it went public. abc's brian ross has the tale of the tape. and later, the nationwide crime wave known as apple-picking thieves with their eyes on iphones and ipads and going to extremes to get them.
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>> that is unbelievable to me. >> yeah, i know. i've got the phone nobody wants to steal. i won't say the name of the company. i don't want to embarrass them. >> i have the ipad and iphone. >> you're all cool like that. >> he is back. regis philbin scores a recurring guest host gig, but he won't have to get up every morning. we'll have all the details coming up in "the skinny." but we begin with 350,000 students hitting the books in chicago this morning. the teachers strike is finally over. >> after watching teachers walk the picket line more than a week, both sides are declaring victory. abc's brandi hitt joins us with the latest. good morning, brandi. >> good morning. this is the moment a lot of chicago families have been waiting for. the strike is now over and children will head back to school this morning. >> after a seven-day strike, the
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chicago teachers union announced teachers are putting away their picket signs and heading back to the classroom. >> people were actually elated to take this suspension of the strike vote. >> with a 98% vote, the union decided to end the strike and move forward with a tentative contract with the city of chicago that means the 350,000 children who have been out of school during this protest are returning to class immediately. >> we knew we were going to have to give up some stuff in order to get some stuff. >> over the last few days, the strike got ugly between the city's mayor, who called the teachers' strike illegal and the teachers who called the mayor a bully. >> this contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children. >> one of the main sticking points was the city's proposed teacher evaluation system. the union said it unfairly penalized teachers because it was too heavily based on standardized test scores. the city agreed to reduce the emphasis on student testing in their evaluations. but it's clear, there's still skepticism. >> trust is going to be a big
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issue, and it's going to see how this contract is enforced. >> it's not a done deal just yet. while teachers are heading back to work they must still vote on the contract. >> we have reviewed it. we will have the opportunity to vote on it. but right now it is in the best interest of everyone to return to work. >> and teachers will end up voting on this contract within the next couple of weeks. back to you. >> this strike affected 350 thousand students. thank goodness they're back. can you imagine the scheduling, nightmare it was for parents too? >> i really can't imagine it, having two children myself. it is interesting because the contract offer gives teachers on average about 17.6% of a pay raise over the next four years, as well as retaining other salary bumps for experience and pursuing a graduate degree. so that, really, i think is a win for teachers because as we know, such an important job and many teachers are so underpaid. >> and still has not officially been ratified. let's hope it is. >> that's right. that's right. let's hope.
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well, to politics where it is shaping up to be a rough week for mitt romney. the campaign acknowledged last night that it borrowed $20 million to boost cash flow before the republican convention. then there is that hidden camera video which is giving democrats easy ammunition in campaign ad. even his own running mate, paul ryan said that romney was obviously inarticulate. and the latest "wall street journal" poll finds president obama polling slightly ahead among likely voters. >> the video of romney was taken four months ago. who shot it? where has it been? why are we seeing it now? chief investigative correspondent brian ross is following the tale of the tape. >> reporter: the setting was this mansion in boca rattan, florida, home of long-time romney supporter and friend, mark leider, known as a private equity party boy in the gossip pages. it was may 17th, and reporters covering the campaign, we're told, the event would be closed to the press. >> too bad you can't come to the
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fund-raiser. the dinner was supposed to be private and limited to those who paid $50,000 each to be there. but someone placed a camera in the room, secretly recording romney from what appears to be a wine serving table off to the side. occasionally the camera angle is adjusted as romney delivers the candid remarks that four months later would make headlines. >> and so my job is not to worry about those people. the romney tapes were first posted online on youtube may 31st, two weeks after the speech, by a new user with the account "romneyexposed." but they did not include the clip about the now infamous 47%. and it was only in late august when the story began to take shape, as "mother jones" magazine was put in touch with the source through the grandson of former president jimmy carter, who told msnbc, the source was not a $50,000 donor. >> i think it's probably fair to assume that. >> reporter: under florida law, it is a crime, a felony to secretly record some one who has a reasonable expectation that they're not being recorded. but many say anyone running for
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president should always expect that they may be recorded by someone somehow. brian ross, abc news, new york. overseas now to afghanistan where nato has temporarily scaled back joint operations with afghan army and police. the move follows a series of attacks by afghans forces or militants wearing afghan uniforms that have killed 51 coal legs troops in afghanistan this year. and at least 26 people have died after a gas pipeline fire near the mexico/texas border. company executives said there was a gas leak followed by an explosion. but the precise cause had not been determined. pipelines carrying gasoline and diesel in mexico are frequently tapped by thieves looking to steal fuel. all right, tough times. some people borrowing money to get by. an oklahoma loan company says they have seen a 20% spike in the number of people borrowing on average $175 to go to the state fair.
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admittedly admission, ultimately rides, costs a family of five $98, not counting snacks. but that high interest $175 loan will cost $275 to pay back. wow. william and kate have wrapped up their royal visit to the solomon islands and are headed home. a french judge handed the couple a minor victory yesterday, in the battle over topless photos of kate. the magazine which printed the pictures was fined $2,500, and forbid in to publish any more of the images. but it doesn't mean much since the pictures are already in wide circulation. >> and they issued a very terse statement, the duke and duchess welcome the judge's ruling. french law is pretty interesting that way. it's different from american law. >> well, it's pretty robust, no question about it. >> yeah. >> i think the laws in europe in general are pretty robust. it's sort of a minor victory. because $2,500. i was reading it and thinking,
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$2,500. $25,000, $250,000. i think it was such an invasion of privacy it crossed the line. i don't know that that sends message. on balance, all the magazines that were sold, if you're making a business decision, if you're a tabloid or magazine, you're thinking, pay $2,500, well, i'm going to publish these pictures. i'm not so sure that this was as effective as it could have been. >> in addition to damages essentially a slap on the wrist. the pictures are out there. never going to put the genie in the bottle. with the internet and everything -- it's not like old days, get the negatives and lock them in the vault. >> at least they made the point. the line is drawn in the sand. you can't do this. >> yeah. all right. well, here's your wednesday weather. it's going to be much drier in the northeast with the exception of a few morning showers in northern new england. scattered thunderstorms through much of florida. showers, minneapolis, green bay, and that will go to the canadian border. >> 60s from fargo to detroit. mostly 70s along the east coast. 80s in the plains. a sizzling 103 degrees in phoenix. all right. now to another one of those
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heart-warming stories we love. homecomings. this time a dad returning from afghanistan, surprised his little girl at her elementary school in michigan. oh, man. corporal jeff harris actually had gotten home the night before. >> but in order to carry off the big surprise he slept on a friend's couch so his daughter would be kept in the dark. dad said making the reunion special had been on his mind during his whole deployment. >> oh. >> and she's at that age, too, where she's a little embarrassed. did you see her walk off because she's in front of all her friends? >> she is adorable. >> cutie-pie. >> i cry every time. >> i love the stories. i don't quite cry. but it puts a big smile on my face. still ahead, we asked you to weigh in on the secret romney tape. you flooded your facebook page with opinions. nearly 500 posted comments. we'll share a few coming up. >> first, iphones, the new accessory, john doesn't have one yet, for thieves. how a lucrative black market is providing a big incentive for itheft. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ papa would have shot him if he knew what he'd done ♪ ♪ >> who doesn't love cher? >> cher. young cher. >> who doesn't love cher? that was cher singing the song called "gypsies, tramps, and thieves." we'll leave the gypsies and thieves for another morning. >> if you have an iphone you could be at risk. abc's pierre thomas reports from washington. >> reporter: in southern california watch as these thieves so desperate for new iphones they crash a bmw into an apple store.
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look. the bandits drive the car right in the middle of the store. the robber snatches iphone after iphone, all part of a trend of theft so common it has a name, apple picking. and it's dangerous. in this surveillance video shot in brooklyn, the thug sneaks up on his victim and puts her in a headlock in an iphone robbery. the spate of apple robberies is part of an expanding violent epidemic where all smart phones are being targeted. according to the fcc over the last year, roughly one out of every three robberies nationwide has involved the theft of a cell phone. >> the numbers are really staggering. staggering. >> reporter: in the last four years in washington, d.c., alone, 6,611 cell phones have been stolen. >> they're targeting people that they perceive to be vulnerable, women, women with baby carriages, older folks. >> reporter: why so many thefts? the phones can be easily resold on the street or online. often at hundreds of dollars a pop. step one in curbing the epidemic, raising public awareness. and that mean getting people to understand that when you're
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walking down the street with your cell phone stuck in your ear, thieves just see a wad of cash. >> help, help, help, i have been snatched. >> reporter: the las vegas police put out a public service announcement featuring the voice of siri, the iphone's artificial intelligence. >> i really don't enjoy being stolen. >> reporter: recently the fcc along with major carriers announced that they're developing a national database to track stolen cell phones and then block their reactivation. the plan is to make stolen cell phones junk and in the long run put fewer people at risk to disturbing attacks like these. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. that's why i was -- i didn't realize that you could use the phone after it was stolen. i thought you sort of kill the phone remotely once it's reported stolen. but if you can reactivate it, that's the real problem. >> hopefully they get to the bottom of that thing. i think i could beg people to steal my phone.
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they wouldn't take it. there you go! hey, sunny, i got some phones for you. >> phones, john. >> i got three for $500. what do you say? >> such a new yorker. "the skinny" news is coming up next, and we have some great stuff for you today, including a pregnant jennifer aniston. >> you'll want to hear about that. and a return to tv for reggie. you're watching "world news now.">ñ?x?xs6
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> and now it's time for "the skinny." get this. regis philbin is coming back. >> you can't keep that man down. >> no. he's 81 years old. >> he's too much of a performer. >> he's making his tv return as a recurring co-host on rachael ray's show. >> okay, interesting. >> we're going see the man appears once a month on the show, featuring celebrity interviews, cooking, studio discussions. he isn't going to be helping rachel cook.
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he says he -- he is not a cook. he can make a sandwich. that is about it. he wouldn't mind letting rachel teach him how to cook at home and really surprising his wife. >> i was reading a little bit about that too. he said the good thing about that is you don't have to do it every day. just come in once a month. not a big thing hanging over my head. >> 81 years old. >> just dabble in tv. >> dabbling a bit. i am happy. i am happy. i love regis. >> sound like a good gig. we should dabble in tv. wouldn't that be nice? let's talk about tori spelling. bit of a scary weekend for her. delivered her fourth child. she is recovering from emergency surgery. she underwent some complications from her c-section, so she had an emergency surgery. this is from spelling's rep. remains in the hospital. resting comfortably. fourth baby. second c-section in the same year. she's not on her feerkts but she said she's very proud of the rest of her kids, how they're looking after their new sibling. good for her. >> wishing her well. from one mama to another. i had two c sections. it is not easy. jennifer aniston. >> tell me. >> she is -- has a new sort of
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video commercial coming up for smart water, which is doing really well, and it sort of features this shocking fake security tape taken from her home. check this out. >> oh, god. oh, god. oh. so much better. how are my little triplets doing? >> awesome. >> she probably drinks some smart water. because she says, they must be thirsty. this is great. because she's always in the news, right? they're always in the news, right, also in the tabloids, talking about her. her flat tummy. how she wants to be pregnant. and she's not -- look, look. the rachel wig. now the real jennifer aniston hair. it's nice -- she is poking fun at herself. >> good for her. if the girdles work that good. a lot of dudes would get them. >> oh, man!
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let's talk about ben affleck. ben affleck said a few things about his dating days with jennifer lopez, dated and made gigli. the lowest point in his life. it was an annus horribilis. i got short-handed as that guy. therefore, i was thought of as thoughtless, dilettante, solocistic, consumer, blah, blah, blah. yeah, basically not too many great things to say about his time when he was with j.lo. >> i'm sorry, but i remember the video. he looked real happy with jennifer lopez. >> he did seem happy at the time. >> he looked real happy. this is some revisionist history, ben? from what i remember, it was j.lo on the blockful you were right on the block, on the boat. >> you got on that one. didn't you? >> i don't like that. >> don't like the kissing and telling. i don't like kissing and telling either. >> i don't like bad-mouthing exes you looked so happy with. rubbing the suntan lotion on her
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♪ you talk too much ♪ you never shut up ♪ i said you talk too much >> that's a timeless message, isn't it? it never goes out of style. finally this morning, what you're telling us about mitt romney and those secretly recorded comments. as we reported romney told donors at a fund r.a.i.d.er that 47% of the country that pays no income taxes believes the government has a responsibility to care for them. >> so we asked you, what do you think of mitt romney's victims comment? >> we got tons and tons of comments that ran the gamut. you had a lot to say. in fact, massive responses. probably the most comments we
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ever had on our facebook question of the day. start out with jodi. quote, he said what he truly felt about the middle-class. true feelings always come out. he thought hong o rough, saying, quote, i think he sounds arrogant. the victim and the entitlement statements were offensive as >> garvin says, if you're one of if 47% getting prefuf paid for by someone else, you don't like the comments. reality bites. we're broke. at some point enough is enough. >> romney seemed to find a friend in christn't thao cf there are also people who just want to survive. u> thitons >> it really did. and actually the comments were sort of all over the place. not all over the place, i don't mean that. i mean sort of on either side of the comments. that was interesting as well. >> yep.
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we'll see if he lives this one down. it's still go >> i think it's really close to the campaign, you know? what are we? six weeks out? seven weeks out? >> yeah, not too far away. >> not too far away. est't s oo far away. hi this is what i said, and this is what i believe. i'm sticing >> the contents of the words aren't so much -- the problem as the image it gives. a lot of people have taken away an image that is going to be really hard for him to adminision, vulnerab but w the campaign isdo >> no doubt about that. >> we'll se half hour. so don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and on twitter at abcwnn -- use the #wnnfans. >> coming up -- more news. high speed internet at home
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this morning on "world news now" -- talking points. president obama and his challenger both hit the airwaves reacting to that leaked romney videotape. >> mitt romney gave his reaction to fox news while the president sat down with david letterman. it is wednesday, september 19th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm john muller. rob and paula are on assignment. we will hear what the president and mitt romney had to say in just a moment. also ahead, the wild storms whipping up the east coast, fierce winds, driving rain toppling trees, one in sunny's driveway, and taking down power lines. >> yes, i almost didn't get here today. >> yes, i know. you had no power.
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>> i had no power. and my driveway had a tree on it. >> should have had you do a live shot from your driveway. you could have stayed home. >> that would have been something. and then score one for the royals. we've got reaction to the court decision cracking down on the topless pictures of kate, but is it the ruling too little, too late? later, getting up close and personal with great whites. the fearless wranglers learning everything about sharks that they can. they will share it with you. >'m sf sh >> yeah. i'm not into the whole shark wrangling thing. >> put it this way. if there are sharks in the water, i'm not going in the water. guess i am scared too. yeah. first, mitt romney is coming u fro cf1arty he al >> reporter: good morning, john.
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these tapes could not have come at a worse time for mitt romney, and it really gets to the core one of his bigg voters just don't think he cares abir cns. the romney cin i after his remarks at a private fund-raiser in may were leaked. >> there are 47% who are with him who depend upon government and believe that they're victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing. >> reporter: romney hasn't backed down. in an interview with fox news yesterday he tried to explain his comments. >> and, frankly, we have two very kircht views about america. the president's view is one of a larger government. >> reporter: president obama told david letterman yesterday entitled to something. >> my expectation is that if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just
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for some. >> reporter: the 47% comment could magnify one of romney's biggest weaknesses, voters don't believe he is empathetic. oudey w he is empathetic. campaign. for romney. and his next chance for a the first dea october 3rd. the campaign clearly sees this romney has spent 30 hours in debate prep, and john and sunny, more is expected over the next two weeks. >> karen, thank you. president obama has had his say about the romney tape in an interview with david lett with his comments about 47% of americans. >> one of the things i learned as president, you represent the entire country. and when i meet republicans as i'm traveling around the country, you know, they're hard-working family people who care deeply about this country, and my exec tigs is that if you want to be president, you've got
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to work for everybody, not just for some. >> now the president acknowledged his own 2008 campaign gaffe caught on tape talking about voters clinging to their guns and religion. remember that one? he told letterman he quickly apologized for that mistake. that was, clearly a different comment. the same kind of gaffe where everybody went, did he just say pdit sacf1 ly. we'll see how romney makes out. >> what's fascinating to me, that james carter iv grandson of the former president and political researcher, he just found the snippet of the video on the internet, and then he put "mother jones" in touch with the video source. of course, he told msnbc it would be fair to assume the videographer was not one of the wealthy donors. they paid $50,000of1 possibly. >> wouldn't that be ironic. >> my goodness.
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>> mr. cater so h carter taking some pot shots at the hand of roer t syl supd of roer t state is doing e ab a new law requires voters to show a photo id ie to their ballot. pennsylvania'slto college votes are at stake. all right, the worldwide fury about anti-islam movie has taken its deadliest toll. a suicide bomber slammed her car into a minivan full of foreign workers near the airport in kabul, afghanistan. abc's t.j. winick details the attack and the consequences. good morning, t.j. >> good morning, john and sunny. the violence continues in afghanistan. a new tactic by nato troops to contain a recent spate of killings. another ead afghann ti cf1anic f violent protests acrossthe this time a skill
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killed 13 people, including eight south africans. my son was with me, this man said. i hugged him and ran inside the hotel. it comes just as nato is halting most joint missions with afghan soldiers. the coalition says it is also because of heightened threats due to the controversial movie, "innocence of muslims." and comes in the wake of a rise in so-called green-on-blue or insider killings where afghan soldiers being trained by nato allies suddenly turn on them. so far this year, 51 coalition troops have been killed in these attacks. >> i am fed up with watching seriously good soldiers waste their lives, have their lives wasted, by people who are meant to pea -- to be our friends. >> because of the heightened concerns, coalition soldiers will no longer go on joint patrols with afghans unless a senior general gives permission. nato suggested the only permanent change in policy will be more extensive vetting of afghan forces working along side nato troops. >> we will continue to partner, to assist, to give advice, to train, afghan security forces. >> reporter: the joint patrols have long been seen as a crucial way to train afghan security forces so they can learn to take on the fwanl on their own after the u.s. withdrawals in 2014.
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a french magazine says it is publishing caricatures of the prophet muhammad in its edition which comes out today. the french prime minister condemned the publication and called it a catastrophe. john, sunny? the chicago teachers strike is over, clearing the way for hundreds of thousand of students to head back to school this morning. after missing seven days of classes, union delegates voted 98% in favor of reopening schools. elated teachers were cheering, honking horns, and singing solidarity forever. the mayor called the settlement an honest compromise. >> this contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children. >> we knew that we were going to have to give up some stuff in order to get some stuff. >> the standoff was largely based on teacher evaluations and job security. the same two issues at the heart of school reform efforts across the country. the contract still has to be
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ratified by chicago's 25,000 teachers. american airlines cutting thousands of jobs. the airline is sending out layoff warnings to more than 11,000 workers, mostly in ft. worth and tulsa. a company spokesman says the actual number of job losses will be closer to 4,400. cuts affecting mechanics, and ground workers are part of the american's bankruptcy reorganization, and they're also cutting flyting by 2% through october. a former yale university student is under arrest in california, accused of making threatening comments online. 21-year-old eric yee allegedly posted on espn's website that he was watching children and wouldn't mind killing them. police linked the comments to the los angeles area home where yee lives with his parents. they say several guns were found in the home which overlooks two schools. >> we're keeping in very close contact with our local officers, and we're take every precaution. they've told us as of right now we're safe at school, and so we're following our procedures.
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we do have emergency procedures available. we have not put any of those in place at this time. >> yee allegedly mentioned the shooting would be like the aurora, colorado, massacre. he is being held on $1 million bail. and a line of fierce storms is making its way up the east coast. flooding rains and strong winds struck all along the heavy populated i-95 corridor. >> tornado watches were in effect until just a short time ago in new york state, including here in new york city. thousands of people still without power as a result of the winds. massive trees blown over. smashing into homes. knocking down electrical lines. power companies are struggling to get them all back up. the damage, though, was extensive, but no serious physical injuries, which is good. sunny, you have personal experience with this. what happened? tell everybody. i feel so bad for you. a tree came down? >> a couple trees came down. you know, i -- >> did it hit your house?
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>> did not -- hit the side of our garage. >> wow. >> yeah. i mean it's unbelievable. i always tell people i live in the forest. i don't live that far way from manhattan, but i live, you know, about 20 miles out. and all my -- >> power went out right away? >> power went out. two trees went out. and i was completely unprepared. >> could you get your cars out of the driveway? >> no. >> not good. did you ride your bicycle to work? >> almost didn't make it. i had to be here for you and our viewers. >> you sure know how to spin it. thank you, sunny. glad you're okay. good the family's okay. is your power back on? >> hopefully. sort of spotty right now. >> all right, good. well, here's your wednesday weather. all the rain clears out of the northeast except for a few lingering showers in maine. pop-up thunderstorms in florida. showers in the upper midwest. up to 10 degrees warmer than normal in the pacific northwest. 76 in seattle. mostly 80s in the rockies, great plains. 70s from boston down to atlanta. well, parents of children in one rhode island school system
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are caught between tradition and the law. the cranston school system announced it will no longer hold gender-specific events like father/daughter dances and mother/son bowling parties because they violate state law. >> all right. this sounds hard to believe. the move was prompted by a letter from the aclu on behalf of a single mom who said it wasn't fair to her daughter. >> i've attended the father/daughter dances. my wife's done son/mother bowling. >> i've been doing them since i was a child. i think my kids have the right to have the same with their moms and dads too. >> we really do our kids a disservice when we promote gender stereotypes. >> now, federal title 9 law actually includes an exemption that allows father/daughter dances and so forth. rhode island law does not. the school superintendent said she had no choice. >> so a rhode island specific law. i knew federal law was different. that is the topic of the facebook question this morning. >> we want to know. should schools allow gender-specific events? log on to wnnfans.com. weigh in.
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i have gone to the father/daughter dance with my daughter two years in a row. great little time. i can't imagine anyone thinking there is anything wrong with that. >> i don't know how i feel. >> it's nice to spend, dads, tend to -- plenty working moms, dads tend to be away at work, maybe more in some cases than in traditional homes. and it's nice to have a day with your daughter at a dance. what is wrong with that? they could have dances -- a mom/son dance. they have a mother/daughter tea social, i think, as well at the school. >> i have done the father/daughter dance as well. i would imagine that some single-family parent homes, some people may feel, excluded. because what do you do if there is the father/daughter dance and you don't have a dad. i suppose you can bring an uncle or someone else. but. >> yeah. >> suppose it must be in the spirit of being inclusive.
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>> allow extra people. don't cancel the event. >> don't cancel the event. can't wait to hear what the viewers think on that. coming up, it's been the summer of the shark off the coast of cape cod. now the catch of a lifetime for researchers hoping to learn more about these dangerous predators. >> but first, a royal victory, a judge issues an order on the topless photos of kate middleton. is it too little? too late? we'll let you know. it's "world news now" you are watching. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by peachtree settlement funding.
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♪ ♪ welcome back. next up the legal victory for the british royals. welcome back. next up the legal victory for the british royals. william and kate. the french judge has given the magazine that published racy photos of kate until later today to turn over all the digital copies of those pictures. >> the decision came as the couple was in the south pacific.
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abc's bob woodruff is with them. ♪ >> reporter: just as the court's decision was coming down, will and kate were enjoying some real treatment. it would be a happenier day for the couple, certainly worth a little dance. the french court's ruling prohibits the magazine "closer" from publishing any more of the pictures of kate while demanding digital copies be returned to the royal family within 24 hours. stiff fines for failing to comply. but the magazine has already sold 400,000 copies, and the photos have already been published in ireland and italy. next the royals want criminal charges brought against the magazine and an investigation into who took the topless pictures of kate. >> this type of photographer, this type of gutter journalism simply won't be tolerated. >> reporter: if convicted, the photographer yet to be identified could spend up to a year in jail. the royal couple determined to seek justice. bob woodruff, abc news, solomon
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islands. >> see, i think that could certainly change the day. if you're going to lose your liberty over taking the photographers and may be in prison for a year, you may not take them. if you're going to be fined $2,500, who cares. >> of course, they're out there. doesn't matter what digital shots they get back. they're on the net. you can see them right now and see them until the end of time. >> that's true they're out there forever. to your point, we have been talking about this. if you're a public person, you have to be on notice this could happen to you. >> right. it's not fair. it's not right. it shouldn't be this way. if i am a royal, i am going to make sure i am not out on a terrace topless. that just goes with the territory. it shouldn't have to be that way, but it is. >> but it is. still to come, the catch of the day.
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welcome back. it is welcome back. it's time to get much closer to a huge great white shark than any of us could possibly think safe, and it's all in the name of science. >> now to do so we go on board the world's only vessel that can capture, tag and keep track of a great white. liam martin of our boston station, wcvb, reports. >> reporter: this is the architect, chris fisher of the history channel "shark wranglers." the goal is to pull great whites on board so they can tag and study them. and on thursday they got the catch of a lifetime. she's been dubbed jeanie, a 15-foot great white. scientists were able to take blood samples, attack this tracking device and an accelerometer to her dorsal fin, and then release her. >> she looks great. >> reporter: researchers have been tracking genie ever since. >> history was made off cape cod. for the first time, spot tagged.
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now we're going to solve the puzzle of her life. she's going to show us her two-year migration. >> reporter: learning the migratory pattern will tell researchers where genie breed and gives birth. that information is vital to protecting her. >> they're under assault, up to 70,000 sharks are killed for a bowl of soup in china. >> reporter: the operation is expensive, a $2 million endeavor and relies mostly on donors. soap opera star, joshua morrow of "the young & the restless" is one of the contributors. >> we with so moved by their passion and what they do. >> reporter: state shark expert says the recent increase in populations off massachusetts means this could be a common sight going forward. >> we went from tagging eight in 2001 to now we're over 15, 16 in 2012. >> well, at least we will learn more. i mean i was in road island along the cape. i saw a bunch of seals.
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i was thinking sharks were coming. >> if you see seals, get out of the water. good advice right there. i'm done!
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it's time for "the mix." is that any good? >> it's so good. >> it is national talk like a pirate day. i don't know why. it just is. take my word for it. feel free to talk like a pirate. sunny, you make an adorable pirate, i say. >> thank you. >> some pickup lines i want to lay on you. for talk like a pirate day. pirate pickup lines. the list i have been given. i like this one. i would like to drop my anchor in your lagoon. do you like that one? pardon me. would you mind if i fire my cannon through your porthole? >> i really like your pirate voice. >> not so good, right? well, blow me down. how would you like to scrape
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some barnacles off my rudder? this is the bird that preets everything. let me hear your pirate growl. >> argh. >> i want one of these. >> i want one of these. >> i love it. >> watch a little "spongebob." there you go. national pirate day, everybody. >> yes. well, how about this next? president obama's productivity tactics. so, you know, he is probably one of the most busiest people in the world. these are some of his tips. one, gets a head start on his day, the night before. stays up until 1:00 in the morning. long after his family has turned in, looks through the binders of documents he has to review and gets his thoughts organized for the next day. two, he protects his personal time. that late night period apparently is his personal time. two other blocks he keeps
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sacred, working out. in the morning. and dinner with his children. and, finally, he limits decision fatigue with strict routines. for example, you will only see him wearing blue or gray suits. he has to make so many big decisions he doesn't waste time on small decisions. >> i kind of like that. blue and grarks keep it simple, i'm running the world here. >> i couldn't do that though. >> no? well you are a woman. >> i like fashion choices. >> you are the fashionista. this one is a little bit of a bummer. no hard feelings for a dog after he forces a hunter in france to kind of shoot himself in the hand. kind of serious. a leaping dog shot his master in of1opa h.dog shot his master in nd eavine he said it's not the dog's fault. he is adorable. man's best friend. >> man's best friend. >> finally, russian diamonds. apparently a crater was found to hold trillions of carats. i was so very excited. but they're impact diamond. only good for technological purposes. wah-wah. wah-wah. >> say it again. wah-wah. wah-wah. >> not great news.
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this morning on "world news now" -- no apologies. mitt romney stands by his controversial comments as president obama reacts on late night tv. >> and we're learning this morning how the secret tape came to light. it is wednesday, september 19th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good wednesday morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm john muller. rob and paula are on assignment. we'll have more on the fallout from the tape of mitt romney. but first, a look at some of the other stories we're following this half hour. school is finally in session this morning for more than 300,000 chicago school kids. their teachers agree to suspend their strike and go back to the classroom. and i'm sure there are some very happy parents in chicago
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this morning. >> happy moms and dads who can get their day done without a babysitter. plus, it is not the da vinci code. it's an ancient manuscript that may reveal jesus may have had a wife. how this document may reignite christianity's biggest debates. and the best in shows. viewers told us what tv shows are their favorite. i know i have mine. i'm sure, john, you have yours. >> that's good scene. i love that one. >> we'll bring you the number one pick, best show of all time. oh. "all in the family." >> great one, great one. >> who can't love that one. or "m.a.s.h." >> we could go on. but first, mitt romney campaigns in florida and georgia today as the political firestorm over his off-the-cuff remarks still rages. >> running mate paul ryan defending the controversial comments also called romney obviously inarticulate. with more reaction we are joined by abc's karen travers in
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washington. karen. >> reporter: good morning, john. good morning, sunny. these tapes could not have come at a worse time for mitt romney, and it really gets to the core of one of his biggest weaknesses. voters just don't think he cares about their concerns. the romney campaign is scrambling to contain the damage after his remarks at a private fund-raiser in may were leaked. >> there are 47% who are with him, who depend upon him, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. >> reporter: romney hasn't backed down. in an interview with fox news he tried to explain his comments. >> frankly we have two very different views about america. the president's view is one of a larger government. >> president obama told david letterman there aren't a lot of americans who think they're v k victims or entitled to
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something. >> one of the things i've learned as president is you represent the entire country. my expectation is that if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some. >> the 47% comment could magnify one of romney's biggest weaknesses. voter don't believe he is empathetic. an abc news/"washington post" poll found that 58% said romney would favor the wealthy over the middle clas1 romney, and his next chance for a game-changer may not come until the first presidential debate on october 3rd. >> it's the only opportunity he will have to force from errors and cracks in the foundation and move on in the final 30 days. >> the campaign clearly sees this as a very pivotal moment. romney's already spent 30 hours in debate prep. and john and sunny, more is expected over the next two weeks. >> all right, karen. this morning we're hearing from the researcher with a famous political name who helped bring the romney tape to light. james carter iv, the grandson of the former president, says he
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thought it was important to release this video. now he's heard from his grandfather about it. >> he wrote back this morning and said this was extraordinary and congratulations. >> the younger carter says he agrees people that called it poetic justice for the swipes romney has taken at his grandfather. >> i was wondering how that video got released. >> now we know. how about that. >> i thought it was videotaped quite a while ago. >> yeah. >> right? yeah, months ago. >> yes. so why hold it? >> timing is everything. >> timing is exquisite for the obama campaign, but not for the romney campaign. >> you've got that right. >> interesting. well, there's been a major change in the war in afghanistan. nato commanders have called a temporary halt to the joint operations with afghan troops the cornerstone of the west exit strategy. the move comes after a spike in the so-called insider attacks and the turmoil over that anti-islam film. just yesterday a suicide car
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bomber killed at least 12 people, including nine foreigners. a french satire magazine is set to publish cartoons of the prophet muhammad. adding fuel to that simmering fire in the muslim world. the magazine called charlie heb doe is claiming its right to free speech, but the french prime minister is condemning the move and calling it a catastrophe. more than 350,000 students are headed back to class in chicago this morning for the first time in two weeks. teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of suspending the strike that shut down the nation's third largest school district after sparring over evaluations and job security. both side expressed relief that the walkout is over. >> this contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children. >> trust is going to be a big issue. it's going to be interesting to see how this contract is enforced. >> yesterday's vote was just on whether to continue the strike, not on the contract offer itself. the full membership of more than 25,000 teachers still has to vote on the contract. william and kate have wrapped up their royal visit to the solomon islands and are headed home. a french judge handed the couple
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a minor victory yesterday in the battle over topless photos of the duchess. the magazine, which printed the pictures, was fined $2,500 and forbidden to publish any more of the images. but it doesn't mean much since the pictures are already in wide circulation. and officials on both sides of the border are on alert after that prison break in mexico. more than 100 dangerous inmates escaped by digging a tunnel through the prison workshop. three females were discovered hiding in a prison visiting area, but the rest are still on the loose. that it kind of makes you wonder. you dig a tunnel and nobody inside the prison knows what's going on? >> i know. and there were many, many prisoners who escaped. we're not just talking one or two. >> mexico is really prolific at prison escapes. let me read a couple. >> is that right? >> yeah, they are. there was one two years ago where 150 inmates escaped from a prison across the rio grande.
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41 guards aided in that escape. in 2009 a prison down further south, more than two dozen men dressed as federal police officers raided the prison and set people free. >> it almost sounds like a movie. >> they have some pretty amazing prison escapes down there, don't they? all right. well, one of the men who helped make the nfl what it is today remembered as a true broadcasting pioneer. steve sabol, president of nfl films he started with his father back in the '60s. revolutionized the way football and sports in general are broadcast on tv. he died after battling brain cancer. he was 69 years old. well, a fascinating scrap of paper, smaller than a business card, is renewing an age-old theological debate. did jesus have a wife? a harvard scholar has just revealed a faded piece of papua russ written in coptic 400 years after jesus has died, which contains this phrase, jesus said
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to them my wife. it goes on to say she will be able to be my disciple. karen king, the harvard professor is asking other experts to weigh in. and in el monte, california, last night hundreds turned out at a city council meeting to support a group of lifeguard who had been fired. ♪ >> i like that one. this is a spoof of the viral video, gangnam style. it cost them their jobs, believe it or now. they used it without permission. >> but thousands have signed a petition on their behalf, and the korean rapper psy who started the gang nam craze asked for them to be reinstated. >> how about a wrist or telling them don't do it again, but firing them for doing that? >> i've got tell you. you know i'm obsessed with
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gangnam style right now. i know the dance, all of this stuff. but why fire them? it was a good video. >> yeah. right. >> look at them. >> i guess they're on city property, maybe. security, insurance. seems silly in its own right. even if you accept that, firing the guys? >> they've lost their sense of humor. >> they've lot their sense of humor. >> i don't like that. >> me neither. phooey on that. not the people who did the video. the city. well, we asked and you voted. we'll tell you what viewers say is the top tv show of all time. but first, the photo of the mom breast-feeding her 3-year-old on the cover of "time" magazine uncovered a fierce debate. now the woman at the center of these attachment parenting issues speaks out. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by hoveround power chair. hover round power chair. by hoveround chair. [ thunder crashes ]
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♪ ♪ >> happy wednesday morning. and welcome back. and for this story maybe we should say, she's back. the "she" we're talking about is the mother who appeared on the
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cover of "time" magazine while breast-feeding her young son. >> yep. she is still breast-feeding him, and she has been talking to abc's cecilia vega about it. >> reporter: she's the mother made famous from this provocative photonow four months after the "time" cover of the mom breast-feeding her son hit newsstands, she is speaking out. >> i don't agree with the cover, and i don't agree with the article. >> reporter: and to set the record straight, she's doing it all over again. breast-feeding her son, now 4, on the cover of another magazine. this time, with her entire family by her side. >> our intentions were to try to help relieve the stigma attached to breast-feeding past infancy. and the photo that i saw wasn't one that we were trying to pose for. it made me really, really sad. >> reporter: grummett herself
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was breast fed until she was 6 years old. in the new photo shoot for the nonprofit magazine "pathways to family wellness" she is seen breast-feeding her son samuel, adopted from africa alongside her biological son. moms are weighing in on blogs all over again. some say the pictures are beautiful. others ask if grummett is simply milking the moment. what would you say to people who say, child protective services should have been called? >> that's just the ignorance of not understanding full-term breast-feeding and knowing it is really normal in other cultures, it's just not normal here. >> reporter: now she hopes the controversy over the cover shot will bring attention to another issue to orphan children in africa. >> if we focused all that attention on toishes that really do matter like children who don't have food or don't have parents, that's where we're goepg going to see the change. >> cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> why do i think you have something to say, sunny? >> you know, i believe that breast fed is the best fed and
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there are all of these wonderful health benefits. and i nursed both of my children. i have a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old. but i do think that when your child has teeth and walks and talks and can walk to you and walks to your breast and says i'm hungry, i think it's time. >> you think it's time. >> to stop, yeah. >> seriously, though, some people are more freaked out, if you will, about the idea that the kid is old. the other people are, the one whose are freaked out, plenty are, are more freaked out about the idea you are putting this on the cover of the magazine. >> actually i'm not offended by that at all. i'm just thinking what are the real benefits of nursing a 6-year-old? i mean -- isn't that what we are talking about? this child here is almost 4. >> she said she was nursed until she was 6 years old. >> yeah. i don't think there are health benefits. certainly in other cultures. talking perhaps places where there is a dearth of food.
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there are issues. here, i don't know. if she having those issues? >> it's such a complicated one. i could easily pass my quick judgments. it's kind of a natural thing too. why should you be ashamed? >> it's loaded. it's loaded. i mean we're going to get tons of tweets and e-mails and facebook responses. and i want to hear what you all think. >> bring them on. >> that's interesting. >> a good one. from the bunkers to huks tables to the family around the bar at "cheers," you picked your 15 favorite shows. >> next, we'll reveal number one. you're watching "world news now." >> one, two, three. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. s from our abc stations. @
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brushfires for nearly a week. this region hasn't seen rainfall since the end of april. it all happened monday afternoon when chris tangy was scouting locations, abc news licensed this stunning video from the 52-year-old filmmaker who says he was standing about a thousand feet from all the action. >> i knew within 30 seconds this was a very unique event. probably globally, making the sound of a jet engine. it was just -- it just didn't even look real. >> reporter: this dust devil with fire occurs when intense, twisting ground-level winds comes in contact with fire, propelling it upward into a column of warm rising air. the phenomena usually lasts for just a couple of minutes. but tangy found himself in the middle of mother nature's fury for an astonishing 40 minutes. >> i have never seen anything so big move so quickly in my life. it was awe-inspiring absolutely, and it's something i never expect to see again. >> it's amazing. >> i'm horrified just looking at it. >> yeah. >> can you imagine something
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like that? >> i'm telling you what, man. it's not so much brush there, so i guess he felt safe where he was standing. >> exactly. >> but wow. >> we're seeing these -- not this in particular, but we're seeing the tornadoes and the hurricanes. >> have you ever been close to a tornado in person? >> i have not. even though i want to school in the midwest, did see something from affair. it was terrifying then, the noise. >> you know as a reporter. i was going to say, every single person says it sounded like a freight train. it really must. they all say the same thing. >> i remember that. that's the news for this half hour. remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and on twitter. use the #wnnfans. coming up -- more news from abc. coming up -- more news from abc. use the hash tag, wnnfans. coming up -- more news from abc. >> announcer:
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this morning on "world news now" -- back to school. chicago teachers and 350,000 students return to class today. >> but some of the bitter disagreements that led to the strike still linger. it's wednesday, september 19th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm john muller. >> and i'm sunny hostin. paula and rob are on assignment. we'll hear how the standoff in chicago finally ended in just a moment. and also ahead, tracking the leaked romney video and how it went public. abc's brian ross has the tale of the tape. and later, the nationwide crime wave known as apple-picking thieves with their eyes on iphones and ipads and going to extremes to get them. >> all right. that's unbelievable to me.
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>> yeah, i know. i'm rocking a phone nobody wants to steal. i won't say the name of the company because i don't want to embarrass them. >> i have the ipad and iphone. >> you're all cool like that. >> he is back. regis philbin scores a recurring guest host gig, but he won't have to get up every morning. we'll have all the details coming up in "the skinny." but we begin with 350,000 students hitting the books in chicago this morning. the teachers strike is finally over. >> that's right. after watching teachers walk the picket line for more than a week, both sides are declaring victory. abc's brandi hitt joins us with the latest. good morning, brandi. >> good morning. this is the moment a lot of chicago families have been waiting for. the strike is now over and children will head back to school this morning. >> after a seven-day strike, the chicago teachers union announced teachers are putting away their picket signs and heading back to the classroom. >> people were actually elated to take this suspension of the strike vote. >> with a 98% vote, the union
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decided to end the strike and move forward with a tentative contract with the city of chicago. that means the 350,000 children who've been out of school during this protest are returning to class immediately. >> we knew that we were going to have to give up some stuff in order to get some stuff. >> over the last few days, the strike got ugly between the city's mayor, who called the teachers' strike illegal and the teachers who called the mayor a bully. >> this contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children. >> one of the main sticking points was the city's proposed teacher evaluation system. the union said it unfairly penalized teachers because it was too heavily based on standardized test scores. the city agreed to reduce the emphasis on student testing in their evaluations. but it's clear, there's still skepticism. >> trust is going to be a big issue. it's going to see how this contract is enforced.
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>> and it's not a done deal just yet. while teachers are heading back to work, they must still vote on the contract. >> we have reviewed it. we will have the opportunity to vote on it. but right now it is in the best interest of everyone to return to work. >> and teachers will end up voting on this contract within the next couple of weeks. back to you. >> this strike affected 350,000 students. thank goodness they're back. can you imagine the scheduling, nightmare it was for parents too? >> i really can't imagine it, having two children myself. it is interesting because the contract offer gives teachers on average about 17.6% of a pay raise over the next four years, as well as retaining other salary bumps for experience and pursuing a graduate degree. so that, really, i think, is a win for teachers because as we know, such an important job, and so many teachers are so underpaid. >> and it still has not officially been ratified. let's hope it is. >> that's right. that's right. let's hope. well, to politics where it is shaping up to be a rough week for mitt romney. the campaign acknowledged last night that it borrowed $20
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million to boost cash flow before the republican convention. then there's that hidden camera video which is giving democrats easy ammunition in campaign ads. even his own running mate, paul ryan said that romney was obviously inarticulate. and the latest "wall street journal" poll finds president obama polling slightly ahead among likely voters. the video of romney was taken four months ago. who shot it? where has it been? why are we seeing it now? chief investigative correspondent brian ross is following the tale of the tape. >> reporter: the setting was this mansion in boca rattan, florida, home of long-time romney supporter and friend, mark leider, known as a private equity party boy in the gossip pages. it was may 17th, and reporters covering the campaign, we're told, the event would be closed to the press. >> too bad you can't come to the fund-raiser. the dinner was supposed to be private and limited to those who paid $50,000 each to be there. but someone placed a camera in
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the room, secretly recording romney from what appears to be a wine serving table off to the side. occasionally the camera angle is adjusted as romney delivers the candid remarks that four months later would make headlines. >> and so my job is not to worry about those people. the romney tapes were first posted online on youtube may 31st, two weeks after the speech, by a new user with the account "romneyexposed." but they did not include the clip about the now infamous 47%. and it was only in late august when the story began to take shape, as "mother jones" magazine was put in touch with the source through the grandson of former president jimmy carter, who told msnbc, the source was not a $50,000 donor. >> i think it's probably fair to assume that. >> reporter: under florida law, it is a crime, a felony to secretly record some one who has a reasonable expectation that they're not being recorded. but many say anyone running for president should always expect that they may be recorded by someone somehow.
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brian ross, abc news, new york. overseas now to afghanistan where nato has temporarily scaled back joint operations with afghan army and police. the move follows a series of attacks by afghans forces or militants wearing afghan uniforms that have killed 51 coalition troops in afghanistan this year. and at least 26 people have died after a gas pipeline fire near the mexico/texas border. company executives said there was a gas leak followed by an explosion. but the precise cause had not been determined. pipelines carrying gasoline and diesel in mexico are frequently tapped by thieves looking to steal fuel. all right. tough times. some people borrowing money to get by. but an oklahoma loan company says they have seen a 20% spike in the number of people borrowing on average $175 to go to the state fair. admittedly admission and
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ultimately rides costs a family of five about $98, not counting snacks. but that high interest $175 loan will cost $275 to pay back. wow. william and kate have wrapped up their royal visit to the solomon islands and are headed home. a french judge handed the couple a minor victory yesterday in the battle over the topless photos of kate. the magazine which printed the pictures was fined $2,500, and ford been forbidden to public any more of the images. but it doesn't mean much since the pictures are already in wide circulation. >> and they issued a very terse statement, the duke and duchess welcome the judge's ruling. french law is pretty interesting that way. it's different from american law. >> well, it's pretty robust, i mean, there's no question about it. >> yeah. >> i think the laws in europe in general are pretty robust. it's sort of a minor victory. because $2,500. that's why while i was reading it, i was thinking, $2,500.
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$25,000, $250,000. i really think it was such an invasion of privacy it crossed the line. i don't know that that sends message because on balance, all the magazines that were sold, if you're making a business decision, if you're a tabloid or magazine, you're thinking, pay $2500, well, i'm going to publish these pictures. i'm not so sure that this was as effective as it could have been. >> in addition to damages essentially a slap on the wrist. the pictures are out there. never going to put the genie in the bottle. with the internet and everything -- it's not like old days, get the negatives and lock them in the vault. >> at least they made the point. >> they certainly did. they made the point. >> the line is drawn in the sand. you can't do this. >> yeah. all right. well, here's your wednesday weather. it's going to be much drier in the northeast with the exception of a few morning showers in northern new england. scattered thunderstorms through much of florida. showers, minneapolis, green bay, and that will go to the canadian border. >> 60s from fargo to detroit. mostly 70s along the east coast. 80s in the plains. a sizzling 103 degrees in phoenix. all right. now to another of those
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heart-warming stories we love. homecomings. this time a dad returning from afghanistan, surprised his little girl at her elementary school in michigan. oh, man. corporal jeff harris actually had gotten home the night before. >> but in order to carry off the big surprise, he slept on a friend's couch so his daughter could be kept in the dark. dad said making the reunion special had been on his mind during his whole deployment. >> oh. >> and she's at that age, too, where she's a little embarrassed. did you see her walk off because she's in front of all her friends? >> and she's adorable. >> cutie-pie. >> i cry every time. >> i love the stories. i don't quite cry. but it puts a big smile on my face. still ahead, we asked you to weigh in on the secret romney tape. you flooded our facebook page with some opinions. nearly 500 people posted comments. we'll share a few coming up. first, iphones, the new accessory -- john doesn't have one yet -- for thieves. how a lucrative black market is providing a big incentive for itheft. you're watching "world news now." ♪
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♪ papa would have shot him if he knew what he'd done ♪ ♪ papa would have shot him if he knew what he'd done ♪ ♪ >> who doesn't love cher? >> cher. young cher. >> who doesn't love cher? that was cher singing the song called "gypsies, tramps, and thieves." but we're going to leave the gypsies and thieves for another moaning. >> if you have an iphone, you could be at risk. abc's pierre thomas reports from washington. >> reporter: in southern california watch as these thieves so desperate for new iphones they crash a bmw into an apple store. look. the bandits drive the car right in the middle of the store.
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the robber snatches iphone after iphone, all part of a trend of theft so common it has a name, apple picking. and it's dangerous. in this surveillance video shot in brooklyn, the thug sneaks up on his victim and puts her in a headlock in an iphone robbery. the spate of apple robberies is part of an expanding violent epidemic where all smart phones are being targeted. according to the fcc over the last year, roughly one out of every three robberies nationwide has involved the theft of a cell phone. >> the numbers are really staggering. staggering. >> reporter: in the last four years in washington, d.c., alone, 6,611 cell phones have been stolen. >> they're targeting people that they perceive to be vulnerable, women, women with baby carriages, you know, older folks. >> reporter: why so many thefts? the phones can be easily resold on the street or online. often at hundreds of dollars a pop. step one in curbing the epidemic, raising public awareness. and that means getting people to understand when you're walking
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down the street with your cell phone stuck in your ear, thieves just see a wad of cash. >> help, help, help, i have been snatched. >> reporter: the las vegas police put out a public service announcement featuring the voice of siri, the iphone's artificial intelligence. >> i really don't enjoy being stolen. >> reporter: recently the fcc along with major carriers verizon, t-mobile, sprint, and at&t, announced that they're developing a national database to track stolen cell phones and then block their reactivation. the plan is to make stolen cell phones junk and in the long run put fewer people at risk to disturbing attacks like these. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> and that's what i was -- i didn't realize that you could use the phone after it was stolen. i thought you sort of kill the phone remotely once it's reported stolen. but if you can reactivate it, that's the real problem. >> hopefully they get to the bottom of that thing. i think i could beg people to steal my phone. they wouldn't take it. there you go! hey, sunny, i got some phones for you. >> phones, john.
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>> i got three for 500 bucks. what do you say? >> such a new yorker. "the skinny" news is coming up next, and we have some great stuff for you today, including a pregnant jennifer aniston. >> you're going to want to hear about that. and a return to tv for reggie. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> and now it's time for "the skinny." get this. regis philbin is coming back. >> you can't keep that man down. >> no. he's 81 years old. >> he's too much of a performer. >> he's making his tv return as a recurring co-host on rachael ray's show. >> okay, interesting. >> so we're going to see the man appearing once a month on the show, featuring celebrity interviews, cookery, studio discussions. but he isn't going to be helping rachel cook.
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he says he -- he is not a cook. he can make a sandwich. that is about it. he wouldn't mind letting rachel teach him how to cook at home and really surprising his wife. >> i was reading a little bit about that too. he said the good thing about that is you don't have to do it every day. just come in once a month. not a big thing hanging over my head. >> i can relate to that. >> that's right. 81 years old. >> just dabble in tv. >> dabbling a bit. i am happy. i am happy. i love regis. >> sounds like a good gig. we should dabble in tv. wouldn't that be nice? let's talk about tori spelling. bit of a scary weekend for her. delivered her fourth child. she is recovering from emergency surgery. she underwent some complications from her c-section, so she had an emergency surgery. this is according to spelling's rep. she remains in the hospital. apparently she's resting comfortably. apparently this is her fourth baby, second c-section in the same year. she's not on her feet, but she said she's very proud of the rest of her kids, how they're looking after their new sibling. good for her. >> wishing her well. from one mama to another. i had those two c-sections. it's not easy. jennifer aniston. >> tell me.
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>> she has a new sort of video commercial coming up for smart water, which is doings really well, and it sort of features this shocking fake security tape taken from her home. check this out. >> oh, god. oh, god. oh. so much better. how are my little triplets doing? >> awesome. >> she probably drinks some smart barts she says, they must be thirsty. this is great because she's always in the news, right? they're always in the news, right, also in the tabloids, talking about her. her flat tummy. how she wants to be pregnant. and she's not -- look, look. the rachel wig. now the real jennifer aniston hair. it's nice. she's poking fun at herself. >> good for her. if the girdles work that good. a lot of dudes would get them. >> oh, man! let's talk about ben
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affleck. ben affleck said a few things about his dating days with jennifer lopez, dated and made "gigli." hello literally says it was the lowest point in his life. he didn't hold back. it was a quote. it was an annus horribilis. i got short-handed as that guy. therefore, i was thought of as thoughtless, dilettante, solipsistic consumer, blah, blah, blah. yeah, basically not too many great things to say about his time when he was with j.lo. >> you know what? i'm sorry. i remember the video, and he looked real happy with jennifer lopez. >> he did seem happy at the time. >> he looked real happy. this is some revisionist history, ben? i mean from what i remember, it was j.lo on the block. you were right on the block, on the boat. >> you got on that one. didn't you? >> i don't like that. >> don't like the kissing and telling. i don't like kissing and telling either. >> i don't like bad-mouthing exes you looked so happy with. rubbing the suntan lotion on her bum.
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♪ you talk too much ♪ you never shut up ♪ i said you talk too much ♪ you talk too much ♪ you never shut up ♪ i said you talk too much >> that's a timeless message, isn't it? it never goes out of style. finally this morning, what you're telling us about mitt romney and those secretly recorded comments. as we reported romney told donors at a fund-raiser that 47% of the country that pays no income taxes believes the government has a responsibility to care for them. >> so we asked you, what do you think of mitt romney's victims comment? >> we got tons and tons of comments that ran the gamut. you had a lot to say. in fact, massive responses. probably the most comments we ever had on our facebook question of the day. we'll start out with jodie, quote. he said what he truly felt about the middle class. true feelings always come out. he thought he was among friends. >> cynthia was a little more
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rough, saying, quote, i think he sounds arrogant. the victim and the entitlement statements were offensive as well as the mexican comment. >> garvin says, if you're one of the 47% getting free stuff paid for by someone else, you probably don't like the comments. reality bites. we're broke. at some point enough is enough. >> romney seemed to find a friend in christine who said i didn't think it was that out of line. maybe 47% is a little inflated. but there are people who feel entitled. there are also people who just want to survive. >> this one pushed a lot of buttons, that's for sure. >> it really did. and actually the comments were sort of all over the place. not all over the place, i don't mean that. i mean sort of on either side of the comments. that was interesting as well. >> yep. we'll see if he lives this one down. it's still going strong. >> i think it's really close to the campaign, you know? what are we? six weeks out? seven weeks out? >> yeah, not too far away. >> not too far away. don't know how you retool it. it's interesting because he hasn't stepped back from the comment. he has embraced it. his campaign has embraced it.
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he said, hey, this is what i believe. you have got to -- i think you have to appreciate the transparency in that. this is what i said, and this is what i believe. i'm sticking to it. >> the contents of the words aren't so much -- the problem as the image it gives. a lot of people have taken away an image that is going to be really hard for him to overcome. >> the interesting thing for me has always been, the obama administration, the obama campaign should be pretty vulnerable at this point. i mean the economy is not doing well. but with these gaffes -- the campaign is actually doing pretty well. >> no doubt about that. >> we'll see. that's the news for this half hour. so don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and on twitter at abcwnn -- use the #wnnfans. >> coming up -- more news. we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. com. >> and on twitter at abcwnn -- use the #wnnfans. >> coming up -- more news. we'll be right back.bñ?xús1@ú?
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